School districts, multiple agencies on high alert after threat
Schools boost security amid Thursday threat
Several San Antonio school districts will close off or limit visitor access to elementary schools Thursday in response to an anonymous threat of violence made against an unspecified elementary school.
"While it is probably just a hoax, student safety is Northside ISD's primary concern. NISD will err on the side of caution. All Northside elementary schools will implement the 'Controlled Access Plan' tomorrow, April 24," said a statement on the district's Facebook page.
A statement released by Northeast ISD said elementary schools will be considered "closed campuses".
"In addition, we will have a police presence at every one of our schools, and administrators, teachers and staff are working together to ensure the safety of our students, staff and community," district officials said.
The threat was emailed to multiple school officials across Bexar County.
It read, "You won't see day lights no more. I'm the San Antonio serial killer who rapes, suffers, kills and dig people."
It then mentions an April 24 attack and "one of the worst mass violence and school shootings" at one of San Antonio's elementary schools.
The San Antonio Police Department and federal agencies are investigating.
Charlie Carnes, chief of police at the NISD Police Department, promised a show of force at area schools Thursday.
"We'll have officers that you'll see and won't see," he said. "We have called upon the Shavano Park and Leon Valley Police Departments, Helotes (Police Department), SAPD, Bexar County (Sheriff). (Constable) Precinct 1, (Constable) Precinct 2 have come to help also."
Concerned father patrols school
On Wednesday, Al Ortiz stood guard outside Adams Hill Elementary School where his son is a second grader.
"It's just a sad thing," Ortiz said of the threat. "Of course we don't live in a bubble, that was my initial thought. I'm a father and don't have any choice but to do this."
Ortiz said he is considering keeping his son out of school Thursday, but still plans to be on patrol outside the school.
"We've all talked about it and it's just like, what do you do? The only thing I could do was be here today and tomorrow. I just feel as a parent it's all that I could do," he said.
Despite limiting visitor access some school districts will allow members of the Watch D.O.G.S. program to be inside schools Thursday. Northeast ISD said program volunteers will be given access to district facilities.
A spokesman for NISD said the decision will be up to the school's principals.
Asked if he thought more parents would join him on patrol Ortiz said, "I hope so."
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